Home Security 3 Effective Deterrents Against Home Intruders

May 20th, 2020

Home Security: 3 Effective Deterrents Against Home Intruders


In these trying times, it’s almost impossible for any homeowner to completely eliminate the threat of a home invasion. As unsettling as this may sound, this does not mean that we should completely give up on trying to protect our homestead and prevent burglaries from happening.


Maintaining a sense of safety and security at home is important. There are certain things you can do that can minimize the chances of your house being targeted for burglaries. Read on as we shed light on three effective deterrents against intruders to help you protect your Chico, CA home.


A Four-Legged Burglar Alarm

That’s right: your loyal dog can be one of the most effective deterrents against house burglars. According to an article from The Guardian, former burglars claim that having a territorial dog on site, among other factors, can do wonders when it comes to protecting your home. However, this can only apply to territorial dogs or those that have been trained to guard the house. If your pooch seems to love the idea of house guests and would not even flinch in the presence of a house burglar, you should try other reliable security solutions such as burglar alarms, CCTV cameras, and motion sensor lights.


No Hiding Spots In Sight

Funnily enough, burglars find delight in homes with untrimmed hedges, tall bushes, and lots of distracting lawn ornaments because these give them places to hide in case the police arrive or your neighbor notices their presence. Additionally, these factors show that you have not tried very hard to keep your front lawn maintained, which could be a dead giveaway that there has not been anyone home within the last few days.


If you’re planning to leave the house for a long time, we highly recommend hiring a gardener or a caretaker to tend to your front yard every couple of days so that the house doesn’t begin to show signs of neglect. You could also opt to get a fully automated home security system so you can control your home’s lights, cameras, and alarms with your smartphone no matter where you are in the world. 


Visible Home Security System

Apart from their built-in features, visible home security equipment like surveillance cameras can deter home intruders from a mile away. Most burglars, upon seeing your security equipment, will likely not even bother going anywhere near your home knowing that they probably won’t finish the job completely undetected.


It’s well worth the time and money to set up the deterrents above to maximize your Chico, CA home’s security. As we’ve said earlier, there’s no real way to completely eliminate the threat of burglary, but you can prepare yourself and your home in case something terrible happens.


If you are unsure about how to best secure your Chico, CA home, it is best to consult a professional security provider. They can guide you in making the right decisions to guarantee maximum safety for you and your loved ones. Get in touch with us today to discover the options available to you.

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With 16 years of experience in law enforcement, Tim Truby, CEO, is fully certified in video surveillance and training.

  • Certified Advanced Crime Prevention Specialist
  • Academy Instructor Certification
  • California POST Certification in Specialized Surveillance Equipment
  • California POST Certification in Basic Crime Prevention
    • Advanced Crime Prevention through Environmental Design
    • Certified Alibi Security Dealer
    • Enhanced Risk and Threat Assessment (FEMA)
    • Incident Command System (100 & 200)
    • Certified Cognitech Video Forensic Investigator
    • Neighborhood Watch Toolkit Trainer
    • Computer Crimes/Investigations
    • Domestic Crisis for Crisis Negotiators